News & Events

A Message from the Interim

Dear people of God,

The time for in person worship (outdoors) is nearing.  My hope is that we will be able to gather in person in the beauty of 200 Pleasant St. on the 15thand 16th.  Our services that weekend, whether in person or on ZOOM, will commemorate the life of Johnathan Myrick Daniels.  Jonathan was a native of Keene, New Hampshire and was often seen in Lyndon VT where his grandparents lived.  Jonathan was a seminary student at Episcopal Divinity School in 1965 when he traveled to Alabama in support of the civil rights movement.  When the life of a 14-year-old black girl, Ruby Sales, was threatened by a hostile white man, Jonathan threw himself in front of her saving her life and losing his own.

In this age of radical awakening to the depth and pervasiveness of racism in our thinking and in our institutions, we are inspired by the courage of people of Jonathan. He did not set out to be a martyr but only to act out of his spiritual and religious convictions to resist oppression and suffering.

In the coming weeks and months I hope that we can deepen our own conversation around racism by 1) exploring the history of the Episcopal Church and its toleration/support of racism and slavery,  2) examining our personal inculturation, passivity and toleration of injustice; and 3) begin to develop a course of action to actively resist the oppression of all people of color and class.   I personally have been moved and fed spiritually and intellectually by a book called “Anxious to Talk About It” by  Presbyterian Minister Carolyn B. Helsel and I invite you to explore this book with me – do let me know if you are interested: [email protected]

These will not be easy conversations.  But God’s call to wholeness, to repentance, to new birth and new life, ultimately cannot be resisted if our hearts and minds are open to be formed in the image of God.

May God stir our hearts, our minds, our imaginations and we strive to actively uphold and affirm the dignity of every human being and struggle to change those institutions and patterns of behavior that further oppression.

God’s peace be upon you – and I look forward to meeting you in person.

Angie

Events

August 9, Sunday
St Peter’s will provide the Sunday Supper at Second Congregational Church. Want to help prepare and serve dinners to our hungry neighbors? Join our team: Liz Luca, Loraine Donatelli, Mary McGuinness. We can use cooks, plus servers and cleaners from about 4 to 6 pm.  Please contact Mary 802 442 5908 if you can
help feed our neighbors.
Outdoor Services
We are hopeful that we can begin in-person outdoor worship with a Saturday evening 5 pm Celtic Evening Prayer on August 15 and two services on August 16, Morning Prayer I at 8 am and Morning Prayer II at 10 am.  If you have a strong preference for which service you wish to attend please contact Cathy Perkins at 802-442-9660.   We may add an additional service if sufficient numbers indicate a desire
to participate so please be in touch with Cathy.When we gather in person the following rules will apply: RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED.  MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WILL BE FORTHCOMING. LOVE GOD: come and worship! LOVE NEIGHBOR: with a mask on and from 6’ apart! No one is allowed in the building so there will NOT be a restroom available. The service will last approximately 30-40 minutes.
No singing.  Neither food or beverage will be provided.  Bring your own water bottle! Bring a chair or blanket. A chair will be provided if you do not have one. There will be service pamphlet for the Saturday evening service. For the Sunday morning services please download the service or bring a Book of Common Prayer. If you need a service sheet for Sunday morning you will need to let us know when you register. Attendance at each service is limited to 25 people.

Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31
The Diocesan Convention will take place on line.  Bishop Shannon and the Dispatch of Business Committee have determined that Diocesan Convention will be held online to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities from the risk of COVID-19.

Announcements

Prayer Books Available
We have a limited supply of prayer books available for distribution if you need one for online services. Sanitizing instructions will be handed out with the books. If you would like a book, please call the church office(802) 442-2911.

St Peters Annual Golf Scramble
It’s that time again! The Annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 26
Please complete and mail your registration form and contribution form to the St Peter’s Church 200 Pleasant Street, Bennington VT
05201
Registration Form
Contribution Form

 


Please read Bishop Shannon’s guidelines for the reopening of churches in the diocese of Vermont

Rock Point announces that In lieu of summer camp, cabins are available for families to rent.  For more information, including COVID-19 guidelines that all guests will have to follow, please visit our website. Keep in mind that at this time all lodgers must be from Vermont or an approved county in a neighboring state.  https://www.rockpointvt.org/

Prayer Shawls – Notes from the knitters: We have lots of shawls. If you or any of your friends needs a shawl for illness, sadness, or happiness, let me or Louise (442-2114) or the church office (442-2911) know. ~ Nancy (447-0119)

The Book of Common Prayer is available online

Offerings
Your financial offerings for God’s work in the world is appreciated.Send your offerings (checks only) to our Offerings Steward, Kay Trafton 45 Garden Lane, Bennington, VT 05201

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